As to Cain he had no faith or trust in God's grace, but strutted about in his own fancied worth. If He offers His gifts free of charge, why not take them? Death is emperor of the world. Next, Holy Writ "concludes" all under sin in this passage from Paul: "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse." We are to know that it pleased God freely to give us His unspeakable gifts. We too believe in the Christ to come as the fathers did in the Old Testament, for we look for Christ to come again on the last day to judge the quick and the dead. (Acts 11:15.). Before God they count for nothing. Seed is a word that may be used in either a singular or plural sense, hence Paul settles which meaning he is attaching to it here by saying not seeds, as of many; but as of one. Because the Law was given so many years after Abraham, it could not abolish the promised blessing." In particular, Paul is concerned that the Galatians are “observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years” (4:10), likely referring to the Jewish liturgical calendar. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. You cannot deny it. Christ Himself was accused of being a blasphemer and rebel. So vividly had he described Christ to them that they could almost see and handle Him. It wants to be esteemed as high-class religion. First, by the self- righteous hypocrites who fancy that they can be justified by the Law. ", Crucifed among you. The divine power of God alone can destroy sin and death, and create righteousness and life. Are ye so foolish? God's people of old felt that the Law of Moses could not be improved upon until the Messiah would bring better things than the Law, i.e., grace and remission of sins. Should he be made equal to us who are circumcised?". The blessing promised unto Abraham could come upon the Gentiles only by Christ, the seed of Abraham. Our sins have to be Christ's sins or we shall perish forever. Peter is doing the talking. They want the passage to read: In thee shall all the nations of the earth be praised. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John." Naaman does not do a thing. "How then can you say that righteousness is obtained by the Law?". The merit that we plead, and the work that we proffer is Christ who was made a curse for us. (Galatians 3:8-9) Show answer 12. The people would have perished, or in case they had escaped they would have required the services of another mediator to preserve them alive and to keep the Law in force. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. They boasted: "We are the people of God. What does Galatians 3:17 mean? No, no. When the Law drives you to the point of despair, let it drive you a little farther, let it drive you straight into the arms of Jesus who says: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Having begun in the Spirit. There are many times when I find fault with God and am impatient with Him. The scholastics misconstrue this passage by saying: "The just shall live by faith, if it is a working faith, or a faith formed and performed by charitable works." They burn no sacrifices. The hypocritical doers of the Law are those who seek to obtain righteousness by a mechanical performance of good works while their hearts are far removed from God. "What was the use of our having lived in a cloister, twenty, thirty, forty years; what was the sense of having vowed chastity, poverty, obedience; what good are all the masses and canonical hours that we read; what profit is there in fasting, praying, etc., if any man or woman, any beggar or scour woman is to be made equal to us, or even be considered more acceptable unto God than we? Abraham may have enjoyed a good standing with men for his upright life, but not with God. A man of great wealth adopts a strange lad for his son. Christian righteousness is the confidence of the heart in God through Christ Jesus. That better mediator is Jesus Christ. In the last analysis, to do the Law means to believe in Jesus Christ. When the conscience has been thoroughly frightened by the Law it welcomes the Gospel of grace with its message of a Savior who came into the world, not to break the bruised reed, nor to quench the smoking flax, but to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, and to grant forgiveness of sins to all the captives. "I have brought you the true Gospel, and you received it with eagerness and gratitude. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.After the preceding, well-taken argument, Paul offers another based on the similarity between a man's testament and God's testament. Faith alone builds on the promises of God, as Paul says in this verse. It supplies a certain need. Secondly, by those who claim that Christian liberty exempts a Christian from the observance of the Law. Yet you permitted yourselves to be seduced to the extent that you disobeyed the truth of Christ. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. To bless simply means to spread abroad the knowledge of Christ's salvation. Any person's last will and testament must be respected. In due time he appoints the lad heir to his entire fortune. Before the Law comes to me I feel no sin. The Law demands that we fear, love, and worship God with a true faith. children—Greek, "sons" (Ga 3:29). He could not supply the ability to perform the Law. Justification by Faith (). The devil sent the false apostles to you, and they tallied you into believing that you are justified by the Law. They think its meaning should be restricted to the context. As long as a person thinks he is right he is going to be incomprehensibly proud and presumptuous. It takes the Gospel and the preaching of faith in Christ to raise and save a person. Paul's rebuke expresses deep concern for the Galatian believers... View the entire commentary. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. ", Let us begin with Abraham and learn how this friend of God was justified and saved. Therefore God instituted governments, parents, laws, restrictions, and civil ordinances. As though single life were a spiritual life, and married life a carnal life. What is this charity the scholastics talk so much about? "Strewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. " They do not worship God in faith. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.This is the main point of Paul's argument against the Jews: The children of Abraham are those who believe and not those who are born of Abraham's flesh and blood. But this is a perversion of the words of Holy Writ. These contradictions no person can harmonize who does not understand the true way of salvation. The righteousness of the Law which Paul also terms the righteousness of the flesh is so far from justifying a person that those who once had the Holy Spirit and lost Him, end up in the Law to their complete destruction. His motives were perverse, therefore his works were hypocritical and no good." So why is the vivid description of Christ’s death an argument for the truth of the gospel Paul preached? When God refused to recognize Cain's worth, Cain got angry at God and at Abel. With the working Abraham we have nothing to do. Go in peace." We are. It occurred to him that the Law differs from the Gospel in another respect, in respect to authorship. We have no right to minimize the force of this declaration. He turns the negative statement, "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them," into a positive statement, "As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse." Why did God give the Law in the first place if it cannot justify a person? He is to be dusted off and brought out before the world. Right here we have one more difference between the Law and the Gospel. Study Galatians 3 using B. W. Johnson’s Bible Commentary to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. If Cornelius had died before Christ, he would have been saved because he believed in the Christ to come. Civil or legal righteousness may be good enough for this life but not for the life hereafter. He never gave the Law any thought. Let us fortify our conscience with similar arguments. If you believe that sin, death, and the curse are void, why, they are null, zero. "Am I my brother's keeper?" Who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? Understanding the Presence of the Spirit. Judas acted like the other disciples. Let the sun shine by day, the moon and the stars by night. It deposes the Creator and deifies the creature. Instead of doing the Law, these law-conscious hypocrites break the Law. Say: "Sister, you are now in jail all right. Let him step forward and we will praise him. These two, the sin of the world and the righteousness of God, met in a death struggle. You no longer teach truly; you do not believe boldly; you do not live well; you do not work hard; you do not bear things patiently. What sort of charity is this? The same phrase is in the Greek of Ro 3:26. the same—these, and these alone, to the exclusion of all the other descendants of Abraham. Let the Law also serve its unique purpose. This question gave them something to think about, because their own experience contradicted them. What will it be like when we are dead and gone? Although the Galatians had been enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of faith, something of their national trait of foolishness plus their original depravity clung to them. All nations are to be declared righteous before God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now it is the Gospel's turn. ; In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." The Law was meant to confirm the promise until the time should come when God would open His testament in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Galatians 3, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is the unabridged version prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown This tyrant pounces on Christ. It is wonderful to have a soft, tender heart before God. It must come to an end. God accordingly uses the Law for a hammer to break up the illusion of self- righteousness, that we should despair of our own strength and efforts at self-justification. and do you, or can you continue so? Forever? He will do it for Jesus' sake in whom we believe. It put up a fight against the faith of Abraham. Hence, the Gospel is superior to the Law, as the word of a lord is superior to the word of his servant. But there is no glory in it for God, because by their exertions these workers pronounce God an unmerciful slave driver, an unfaithful and angry Judge. Moses was merely a mediator of the veil. And it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. If the Gentiles were justified without the Law and quietly received the Holy Spirit at a time when the Law was in full force, why should the Law count unto righteousness now, now that Christ has fulfilled the Law? But instead of revealing the grace of God, righteousness, and life, the Law brings sin, death, and the wrath of God to light. But let us first find out who the doers of the law are. All that the Lord hath spoken we will do." Accordingly, the proper use and function of the Law is to threaten until the conscience is scared stiff. What a miserable thing to endure so many amictions for nothing. on StudyLight.org Christ will lead you to freedom. In your own case, you have not only learned the Law by heart, you have labored with all your might to perform it. That Book was written for the express purpose of verifying Paul's assertion, that the Holy Ghost comes upon men, not in response to the preaching of the Law, but in response to the preaching of the Gospel. The trouble is there are many who refuse to be instructed. Their minds are too accommodating to wrong, unbiblical ideas, and they dont think things through to see if they really are true or not according to the Bible. We who are justified by faith as the saints of old, may be under the Law, but we are not under the curse of the Law because sin is not imputed to us for Christ's sake. Sin lingers in us, and God hates sin. Whatever sins I, you, all of us have committed or shall commit, they are Christ's sins as if He had committed them Himself. In their ignorance the papists spout about man's good will and right judgment, and man's capacity to perform the Law of God. We are the offending party; God is the party offended. “Suffered”: The Greek word has the … There is not one among us who is not at times seduced by Satan into false beliefs. II. Galatians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. But Christ's righteousness is unconquerable. I want to encourage all who fear God, especially those who intend to become ministers of the Gospel, to learn from the Apostle the proper use of the Law. They deny Christ and all His benefits. There is no sin now, no curse, no death, no devil because Christ has done away with them. They just sit and do nothing. The Law is such a schoolmaster. It is not easy. I ask you, what good did their scrubbing, their snow-white clothes, and their continence do them? Sanctification takes time. The effect is the same as if they said, "I am Christ; I am a Savior. But we offend God, therefore we need a mediator. It was at this point that Riegels lost his bearings and began to run down field in the wrong direction. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH VINDICATED: THE LAW SHOWN TO BE SUBSEQUENT TO THE PROMISE: BELIEVERS ARE THE SPIRITUAL SEED OF ABRAHAM, WHO WAS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH. Galatians 3:11 - Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, ' The righteous man shall live by faith .' They cannot harm those who hide in Christ. Justification by Faith. Grace does not suddenly transform a Christian into a new and perfect creature. Again, Moses could not be a mediator of the people only. The divine power of sin and death make you nervous write it down as an illusion of the be. Devil over the blindness of the free forgiveness of sins, to report dead links,,! 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